The Knoxville Police Department is requesting local homeowners that have video surveillance cameras to register them so they can be used to solve local crimes.

The goal of the Knoxville Camera Program is to build a partnership between police and residents in keeping neighborhoods safe. Such a partnership is something KPD highly values here in the community.

Video surveillance cameras are not just a great tool for homeowners, but they are also helpful to the police. Often, security cameras capture valuable information. However, if residents are unaware of a crime, this information may never get to the police. In turn, police may not be aware of who may have critical information.

This is why the Knoxville Police Department is asking people to register their cameras. Participation in the program is 100 percent voluntary and you can opt out at any time. You are not obliged to share your footage.

The Knoxville Camera Program allows residents and business owners to register camera locations with the Knoxville Police Department. Using this information when a crime occurs, KPD will know the locations of nearby video cameras and will be able to collect any related evidence to follow up on leads. Information gathered from the security cameras can assist in the apprehension and prosecution of the criminals involved.

The KPD will only contact registered camera owners if a criminal incident occurs within the vicinity of the respective security camera, and if the officers think the footage would assist in the investigation. The Knoxville Police Department will not have remote access to your camera and will never access your cameras without your knowledge. Officers will only have access to you contact information.

If you would like to participate in the program and partner with the Knoxville Police Department to help solve more crimes, please register online at the police department link of the city’s website.

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